Wienerschnitzel marks 45 years in Everett on Sunday

You can celebrate a little hot dog history and an Everett landmark on Sunday.

Wienerschnitzel, which has been in its same Everett location at 5905 Evergreen Way since 1969, is celebrating its 53rd anniversary — and its 45th in Everett — and National Hot Dog Month by offering its classic mustard dog, chili dog and kraut dog for 61 cents each on Sunday only. And there’s no limit on the wieners.

Wienerschnitzel was founded in Wilmington, Calif., in 1961, but established one of its earliest franchises in Everett at a time when there was only one McDonald’s in town and you endured running errands in the summer with Mom to Prairie Market and Walt’s Milk House because it meant a Baby Burger and a mug of root beer at A&W or a chili dog at Der Wienerschnitzel.

Domenic Baker, a manager at the Everett store and employee since 2000, said he expects Sunday to be busy.

“Oh, yeah, it’s going to be crazy. We used to give them away for free (on the anniversary), but even at 61 cents its crazy busy,” he said.

Wienerschnitzel — it dropped the German article “Der” in 1977 — and its A-frame building have been a long-lived landmark in Everett. In those 45 years, it’s had only three franchise owners. The first owner had the restaurant until 2000, Baker said, and a new owner, an Everett resident, took over earlier this year.

It’s been a while between chili dogs for me. Hard to compete with a Polish and a pop at Costco for $1.50. But I went “Der” recently to see how the wieners stood up against my childhood memory of them. Pretty well, it turns out, even if it’s a little saltier than I like now. There may be better dogs out there, but none that come with the memory of a summer afternoon spent running errands with Mom.

Top wine lists: Three Snohomish County restaurants have been honored in Wine Spectator magazine’s annual awards for restaurant wine lists.

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize and honor the world’s best wine lists in 1981. This year, the 3,748 award winners span all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 other countries and territories.

A total of 2,791 restaurants earned the program’s entry-level Award of Excellence, which recognizes a wine list offering an interesting and diverse selection of wines that are well-presented and thematically match the restaurant’s cuisine in price and style. Another 883 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence — the program’s middle tier award — for offering a wine list of typically 350 or more quality selections with significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions. Two Seattle restaurants, Canlis and Wild Ginger, were among the magazine’s 68 Grand Award winners.

Tulalip Resort and Casino’s Tulalip Bay restaurant, which serves a menu or Asian and regional cuisine, won a Best of Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator noted Tulalip Bay’s emphasis on Washington and Californian wines and its moderate wine prices.

Tulalip Resort and Casino’s Blackfish Salmon Grill and Bar, which serves Pacific Northwest cuisine, earned an Award of Excellence. The magazine noted Blackfish’s Washington wine list and its moderate wine prices.

Emory’s on Silver Lake also won an Award of Excellence. Emory’s, serving Pacific Northwest cuisine, offers a list of Washington, Oregon and California wines, was noted for its inexpensive wine prices.

New Garden home: The Everett Olive Garden has moved to a new location across the street from its old home. The restaurant is now at 1310 SE Everett Mall Way and is being led by General Manager Jennifer Martin, a 10-year veteran of the Italian cuisine chain, which has recently started serving a new menu.

The new, 7,660-square-foot restaurant can host more than 240 guests. Additionally, the Everett location continues to donate to the Everett Gospel Mission through Darden Harvest. Each day, Olive Garden restaurants across the country “harvest” surplus, wholesome food that wasn’t served in the restaurant and donate it to local community food banks. Food not served such as soups, marinara and meat sauces, lasagna, meat and vegetables are donated.

Know of a good restaurant in Snohomish or Island county? Send your recommendation to features@heraldnet.com.

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